7th Sunday Ordinary time 19/02/17

19/2/17
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING
Lv 19:1-2, 17-18
The Lord said to Moses, “Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy. “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbour, lest you bear sin because of him.

God calls us to be holy, no revenge, do not respond according to the behaviour of your neighbour, rather think and act as a Christian accordingly.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

In the psalm God calls us to be merciful

SECOND READING
1 Cor 3:16-23
Paul wrote Brethren: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.

You are God’s temple so you must treat your body as such, so at all times you must be conscious of who you are A TEMPLE OF GOD. No hatred, avoid sinful thoughts be merciful, always forgive and show love.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
1 Jn 2:5

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever keeps the word of Christ,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Mt 5:38-48
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; ……. You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Again Jesus is teaching us to be merciful, be ready to forgive those who hurt us, show them love that they never expect from us. Be prayerful, be conscious of who you are a son/ daughter of God. These attributes will get you closer to being perfect as our Heavenly Father is.
Be merciful
Ready to forgive even when you are hurt
Show love even to your enimies
Be prayerful
Always make use of the penitential services because we don’t know the hour.
May God bless us all. Amen

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6 Sunday Ordinary time

1st Reading
Sirach 15: 15-20

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 119: 1-2.4-5.17-1 8.33-34 (R. 1b)

R. Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!

2nd Reading I Corinthians 2:6-10

ALLELUIA Matthew 11 :25
Alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia.

GOSPEL
Matthew 5: 17-.37

Today’s readings is very insightful and teaches us how God wants us to live. The first reading tells us we are accountable for our actions. The second reading talks of the wisdom of God, quite different from human wisdom. The only way to receive this wisdom is through the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel gives examples of these and teaches us the way of life.
The Lord enjoined us to be holy even as He is.
We must not be angry with our brothers and sisters but nake peace. We must be sexually pure not only in deed but in thought Our marriages and conversations are to be under Jesus’ lordship. We must even love our enemies as Jesus loves them. Jesus expects us to meet the highest standards ever set for morality. We do this not by our power but only by the Spirit Who makes us holy
The Lord also teaches that our YES must be YES and our NO must be NO. That is to say that whatever we are saying must come from the honesty and integrity of our heats. In other words, what we say, exteriorly, must be spoken from the depths of our being. Our words must flow from that which is in our hearts.
The first thing to note is the more general fact that Jesus’ life and teaching brings us to a new depth of morality. No longer are we to simply avoid seriously sinful actions, we are now called to avoid even interior tendencies toward these actions. Not only must we purify our external actions, we must also purify our hearts.

​3rd Sunday of Advent:(Gaudete Sunday )

​3rd Sunday of Advent:(Gaudete Sunday )

1st Reading Is 35: 1-6a,10

Responsorial Psalm: Ps146: 6-7,8-9 9-10

2nd Reading James 5:7-10

Alleluia Lk 4:18

Gospel Matt 11:2-11
Isaiah in his prophesy tells us the kind of joy and miracles that will happen to those who will believe in Our Lord when he comes ” the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom ” “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,  and the ears of the deaf unstopped, then shall the lame man leap like a deer and the tongue of the mute sing for joy” these are signs that accompanied the Lord when He came, hence when John the Baptist’s disciples seek to confirm who he really us , He sent them back relating to John what the prophet Isaiah prophesied long ago, He made the blind to see, the deaf to talk, the lame walk. What else do we need more. He spoke with authority. 

St James in the second reading urges us to be patient and wait for the Lord. This message is for us all especially this Advent season. Wait for the Lord by reconciling with one another and with God. Wait with a joyful  and pure heart. Forgive one another and ask for forgiveness. Make use of the sacrament of penance. The Lord is also waiting for you. 

In the Gospel, John the Baptist while in prison needed confirmation directly from Jesusif He was the messiah.  Jesus did not give him a direct answer rather he answered in the affirmative using the signs and miracles that accompanied his ministry as evidence that he was the messiah.  Many of us today  are like John Baptist. We are imprisoned by our daily struggle against evil and sin, injustice, hatred  and social vices that,  like John the Baptist we seek confirmation from Jesus if truly He is the messiah. Jesus gives us the same answer.  Look around you carefully to see the wonders that God performs in your life everyday. He is responsible for the gift of life, health and many other blessings we may be too engrossed to notice. He is coming again  be prepared to receive HIM.

Lord, I do long to have my soul purified by You. I do desire holiness of life. Help me to begin this process here and now so that I can begin to experience the joy and freedom You have in store for me. Jesus, I trust in You.

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15,20

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 981-4

2nd Reading :Ephesians 1:3-4,11-12

Alleluia :Lk 1:28

Gospel: Lk 1:26-38

Happy Solemnity! This is a day to celebrate! Today, we honor the glorious and miraculous Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother, an act of God’s most profound mercy.

Mary was preserved from original sin and prepared as a living tabernacle where the saviour of the world would incarnate. We notice a pattern in the first reading and in the Gospel :  the drama of the fall of humanity and the drama of the restoration of humanity. Eve was involved i a dialogue which ensued between her and satan. Mary was (the second Eve) was involved in a dialogue between her and the angel Gabriel. The first dialogue introduced Adam onto the drama which led to the dall of humanity whike the second dialogue introduced Jesus (the second Adam ) which led to the salvation of humanity. 

Mary was subtly introduced in the first dialogue “I will put enmity between you and the woman (Mary) and between your seed and her seed: he shall bruise your head  and you shall bruise his knee”.

Just as God had planned  to save humanity by sending His only begotten son so did he plan to save us by preserving Mary from the stain of original sin.

The wonan had an aclive role in the dall of humanity so also the woman in the person of Mary had an active role in the salvation of the human race

Dearest Mother my Queen, I gaze upon the beauty and holiness of you who, though a mere creature, are perfect in every way. You have been granted this singular and gratuitous grace from God with which you perfectly cooperated. May I always rely upon your motherly love and care and may I always allow you to bestow the grace of God upon me in accord with the Father’s plan. You, dearest mother, are a gratuitous gift of Mercy to us all! Mother Mary, I love you. Pray for me. Jesus, I trust in You.

​Monday of the 2nd week of Advent

​Monday of the 2nd week of Advent:

1st Reading Isaiah 35:1-10

Responsorial: Ps 85:9-14

Gospel Lk 5:17-26
Isaiah in the 1st reading described the glories, the joy, the happiness of being in the Lord, heaven is a beautiful place to be. Isaiah, said “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion singing:everlasting joy shall be upon their head:they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” With the words of Isaiah we should all be renewed and be reconciled with the Lord this Advent season, so we can be among the ransomed of the Lord who shall return and come to Zion singing.

The Gospel presents to us who Jesus reaĺly is, the Lord who has power both to forgive sins and to heal. This really got the Scribes and the Pharisees wondering on who this MAN is. But the crowd glorified Him. The message goes on. 

Now let us look at the friends that made sure, by surmounting all obstacles, got the sick man through the roof to encounter JESUS. The faith they had in Jesus and the love they had for their friend, made them go the whole length to make sure that their friend got the healing. Infact it was their  faith that healed the sick man. How far can we go to assist our friends in need?.

They did not see the crowd as the end of the road but were able to overcome the challenge posed by the crowd. No condition in life should bar us from focusing on approaching the Master. No matter the problem facing us, never be discouraged. There is always a way to meet JESUS.
“Lord Jesus, through your merciful love and forgiveness you bring healing and restoration to body, soul, and mind. May your healing power and love touch every area of my life – my innermost thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and memories. Pardon my offenses and transform me in the power of your Holy Spirit that I may walk confidently in your truth and righteousness.”

2nd Sunday of Advent; 4/12/2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

1st Reading Isaiah 11:1-10

Responsorial Psalm  Ps.72:1-2,7-8,12-13.17

2nd Reading Romans 15:4-9

Alleluia Lk3:4,6

Gospel Matthew 3:1-12

Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come from the stump of Jessi and  would be equipped with the gifts of the Spirit – with wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2 ). When the Lord Jesus came, He was equipped with all these qualities to fulfil the prophesy.
Paul tells us in the 2nd reading that Jesus came to make sure that salvation goes out to everyone Jews, Greeks and the gentiles

In the Gospel, John the Baptist featured as a forerunner to herald the coming of Jesus Christ. His task was to prepare His way for the coming of the saviour.  In preparing the way he was actually preparing the hearts of the people to be able to receive the Lord Jesus when he eventually comes.

thus John the Baptist’s ministry led to people confessing their sins leading them to repentance and being baptised. John the Baptist was a herald to the first coming of the saviour, we as Christians must be heralds to His second coming by preparing the hearts of men and women to be ready to receive the Lord when He comes again.

Like John the Baptist our encounter with people should lead them closer to God. Remarkably John the Baptist was known for being fearless in speaking the truth. We must be bold and  courageous enough to speak and stand for the truth in any situation we find ourselves. 

​THURSDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT 

​THURSDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT 

1/12/16

First reading: Isaiah 26:1-6

Psalm: Psalm 117:1,8-9,19-21,25-27

Gospel  reading: 

Matthew 7:21,24-27
TOPIC: HOLINESS COMES FROM DOING THE WILL OF GOD.
Several places in His teaching, Jesus stresses that what brings life, healing, prosperity and salvation is not hearing the word of God, or knowing or teaching the word.  It is doing or acting on the word.  Why?  Because it is not what you know that transforms you.  It is what you do daily.  Salvation comes from conversion which happens every day.  The will of the Father must be obeyed not just every Sunday, or once a month but daily.  This is what opens the door of the Kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 7: 21)
Advent is a time when we examine whether or not the foundation of our life is Jesus. He entered our world and took on flesh so that He could be that rock foundation. And the path to that rock foundation is to listen, comprehend and act. Set your “house” on Him in this way and no storm will erode the foundation of your life.

GOD BLESS YOU AND HAPPY NEW MONTH